Your muscles get bigger and stronger when you use them. Your bones are similar! They get stronger and denser when you make them work. And “work” for bones means handling impact, the weight of your body or more resistance. Currently, we know the most about two types of exercises that are important for building and maintaining bone density.
Heart disease, also referred to as Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), is the leading cause of death for both men and women and responsible for approximately 610,000 deaths annually. Someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds in the United States and of those, 1 in 4 will die. Although the rate of mortality (death) has declined over the past few decades as a result of improved medical therapies, a staggering 30% of heart attacks annually are in people that have already had a previous heart event and face increased risk of dying.
Okay Isaac Newton, I think you were on to something here… according to your brilliant first law of physics, things will generally just keep doing what they are doing i.e.) either rest or move. This law can even be applied to the overall trend of our bodies; we are either generally at rest or generally in motion.
September is Healthy Aging Month! Aging is a natural process that happens to everyone. It starts at conception and ends with our last breath. Although we have no control over how long we are going to live, we certainly have control over how well we live as we age.We can enhance the quality of our life as we age by making the right choices.
There are 100 million baby boomers (those over 50), that make up about 30% of our population, and three-fourths of America’s wealth. They are expected to live longer than previous generations. This is the largest segment in our economy with the largest percentage of wealth. They are seeking help for their aging bodies. Because this is the generation of consumption and personal gratification they are spending at “boomer levels”.
Arthritis is a very common health problem I see as a rehabilitation trainer every week and one that affects millions of people all over the world. It can be extremely painful and significantly change your lifestyle and overall health. Most people think of this as an “old person’s” condition but it can affect many younger people and cause serious damage to their body.
Do you want to feel and move better? Arthritis is typically characterized by pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints and the surrounding tissues. Did you know … participation in regular, low-impact exercises provides meaningful results? Try the simple-six exercise plan to give your body what it needs and help ease arthritis pain.
My appreciation for physical fitness was conditioned through classical dance training from the age of 5. Because of the great impact that dance and music had on my childhood and teenage years – I ensured to maintain my passion for physical fitness as a member of a hip hop dance team while studying at California State University, Long Beach, auditioned and was accepted for the university’s Dance minor program, was a member of the on-campus fitness club, and even added step aerobics classes to my regular class schedules for credit. All in all, physical activity was heavily integrated in my daily life.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and has just announced a partnership with the Medical Fitness Network (MFN).